#GivingTuesday and all year long…

#GivingTuesday is a special day for all charities. However, we hope you will take the time to remember Healing Companions, Inc. all year long.  All your gifts large and small are equally appreciated!  Since we know people give in many different ways we have done our best to make it easy to give to Healing Companions.  You can of course give directly or join us in the Tower of Giving. You can help us raise money by letting your friends know you have given and encourage them through social media. You can even give during your everyday shopping through Amazon Smiles and CoinUp.

However you choose to give, know that we appreciate you and you will be contributing to a life altering experience for those that we serve.


Coin UP for Giving Tuesday!

Healing Companions, Inc. and Coin Up can amplify the impact of #GivingTuesday.

CoinUPAppNovember 29th is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Following the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season and is an international program that reached over 700,000 people last year alone. Healing Companions along with Coin Up are actively participating in #GivingTuesday and aiming to surpass last year’s success in a big way.

“Giving Tuesday’s message encourages individuals to give not just at this time of year, but all year round,” says Leena Patidar, chief executive officer of Coin Up. “Aligning with Giving Tuesday’s mission, Coin Up’s convenient mobile app allows donors to chose their charity and give incrementally throughout the year.”

In 2015, Giving Tuesday raised $116 million in one day. Immediately following Thanksgiving 2016, this year could be the best year yet, raising millions to help millions.

Healing Companions has recently partnered with Coin Up – the most innovative way to donate your spare change! Simply download the free Coin Up App here and select Healing Companions, Inc. as your charity, register your credit/debit card, and set a monthly limit. Coin Up’s advanced technology will virtually “round up” your transactions and automatically donate this spare change to Healing Companions on a monthly basis. Learn more about how Coin Up works at www.coinupapp.com and join the movement at https://www.givingtuesday.org/.

About Healing Companions, Inc.
Healing Companions, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to increasing awareness of and providing access to psychiatric service dogs (PSDs) as a form of treatment for mental illness.

About Coin Up:
Coin Up is an innovative mobile app that provides a platform for donors to give effortlessly and securely to their favorite charitable cause. Once downloaded and registered, the app will round up purchases made on your credit card or debit card and directly send funds to your chosen charity. The app is free to download and has been designed to simplify giving by using incremental spare change to create major social impact. Coin Up’s mission is to create a society that engages in charitable giving through the convenience of everyday transactions. For more information on Coin Up, visit the site at: https://www.coinupapp.com YOUR CHANGE. YOUR IMPACT @CoinUpApp


Halloween is Coming!!

Want some pumpkin treats, or Halloween duds for Rover? Click this link Amazon Smiles for all your Halloween purchases, and Amazon will automatically donate to Healing Companions, Inc. at no cost to you.  Easy Peazy!!

Miss Finola

Miss Finola

We do not need costumes, but we’d sure love to buy service dog vests for our shelter dogs in training!  If you can help, please click here to donate.


Michele’s Story – The Early Process of Training a Psychiatric Service Dog

img_2899Meet Michele, she is a retired music teacher. Michele suffers from bi-polar disorder which has made it difficult for Michele to work her job at Walmart and to socialize outside of her home. Michele has attended therapy and has taken medications for bi-polar disorder.

Medication has been a difficult road for Michele. The medication is not always effective and some of the side effects have interfered with Michele’s quality of life. In an effort to find a solution, Michele took to the internet where she found Healing Companions, Inc.

After going through the screening process, Michele was introduced to Max, a dog whom she hopes one day will be her psychiatric service dog (PSD). When Max was 2 months old he was surrendered to an animal shelter. Max was rough around the edges and his fate could have been dire until he was given the opportunity to train to be more adoptable.

At 9 months old Max was taken to a correctional facility where he participated in a program that matches inmates with rescue dogs in the hope of training them to be adoptable or to potentially become a PSD. The inmates, who are taught by Jane of Healing Companions, learn the Blue Buffalo dog food tips, as well as the skill of basic dog training and benefit from the opportunity of experiencing the emotional benefits of spending time with man’s best friend.

At 11 months, Max was introduced to Michele. Although Max is still “puppish” he is already showing signs that he can be trained to be Michele’s PSD. In order to become Michele’s PSD, Max and Michele will participate in weekly training sessions with Healing Companions to teach Max the specific tasks that will assist Michele in dealing with bi-polar disorder.


Currently, Michele and Max are in the midst of the bonding process and although not specifically trained yet, Max is showing behaviors that demonstrate that he is trainable to become a PSD. Max is “sweet, kind and gentle” and is sensitive to Michele’s moods. Michele admits that due to her disorder her moods are uneven. Because Max reacts to Michele’s mood changes, she has become more conscious of her own mood as to not “upset” Max. So in that sense, Max is teaching Michele to self-regulate her moods. Michele explained that Max, being half Great Dane and half Labrador retriever and being large in size is a benefit to her. Max helps her to feel safe.

IMG_2893This relationship is not a one way street. Michele loves Max and takes good care of him. She has learned that Max is a runner so she now enjoys bringing him to the dog park for exercise and socialization. And guess what? Michele is enjoying these trips with Max and is learning to make friends with the other dog owners.

Although Michele and Max are just getting to know one another, the bond they share has already made a positive difference in Michele’s life. With further training, Max will learn tasks to assist Michele with everyday life such as retrieving her medication and forming a barrier between Michele and someone who is making her anxious.

Moving forward Michele states that she would like to be an advocate for PSDs. Michele wants the world to know that shelter dogs, just like Max, are worthy of love and have so much to give. She believes the key to her recovery is to educate others with mental illness and to aid them in learning about how PSDs can make a real difference in their lives. Go to the bluebuffalo.com k9 rewards page for more information.


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